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South West Crucible offers researchers a career boost

8 November 2012

South West Crucible, a new workshop programme to help highly promising future research leaders develop their careers, has been launched by the Universities of Bristol, Bath and the West of England.

South West Crucible, a new workshop programme to help highly promising future research leaders develop their careers, has been launched by the Universities of Bristol, Bath and the West of England. 

The first South West Crucible will take place over three intensive, two-day residential workshops – on 13-14 February, 13-14 March and 10-11 April –and will involve seminars, skills sessions, interviews, workshops and informal discussions, aimed at helping researchers put their role into a wider context.

This competitive programme is open to early to mid-career researchers from all disciplines and will encourage them to see beyond their research, and take an active role in areas such as policy making, public engagement and media training.

Participants will have the opportunity to mix with peers from a variety of science, social science and arts backgrounds, and network with senior representatives of science, policy, government, media and business in the South West.

Only 30 applicants will be selected to take part, and all participants will need to commit to attend all three workshops, including the overnight stay. More information, including how to apply, is available from the South West Crucible website and the closing date for applications is 25 November 2012.

South West Crucible is the first collaborative Crucible programme to take place in England, although Crucible programmes established by Nesta have already taken place in Wales and Scotland. The South West Crucible is overseen by a steering group made up of senior academics and executives from the collaborating organisations, including Bristol’s Pro Vice-Chancellor (Research), Professor Guy Orpen.